Reviews for Moon Rabbit

Booklist Reviews 2009 April #2
*Starred Review* Little Rabbit loves the hustle and bustle of city life, but at night on her balcony, she wonders if there is anyone to laugh and have fun with. Someone like, well, her. Then one day she hears music so beautiful, she just has to follow it; she ends up deep in the park, where Brown Rabbit is playing his guitar. He plays, she dances; they tell each other their stories and for a while just enjoy each other's company. Then, once more the city lights beckon, and no matter how hard he tries, Brown Rabbit can't get Little Rabbit to stay. Once home, there are no regrets, especially because the friendship is intact and, as the last page shows, a visit is right around the corner. True, to adults this might have elements of a sappy breakup movie, but hopefully those aspects will elude children, who will instead be captivated by the joys of friendship and, more subtly, the longing to be oneself. The story's considerable appeal is amplified by Russell's exceptional artwork. Using her skills as a printmaker, she places her endearing characters on beautifully colored backgrounds so smooth they resemble suede. Leaves, flowers, stars, and a checkerboard moon decorate, giving the pictures a truly distinctive look that will appeal to both adults and children. A charming offering reminiscent of the city mouse-country mouse tale. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 April #2
In this tale spun as sweet as sugar (previously published in the United Kingdom), a little rabbit enjoys her city life. She has her apartment, her favorite caf and her peaceful spot in the park. Her life would be perfect except that when she gazes out at the moon she finds herself lonely. One day she meets Brown Rabbit, who plays music in the park. They hit it off and after what borders on a romantic weekend together (they have picnics, dance all night, watch the sunrise), Little Rabbit starts to long for her city life. Brown Rabbit can't imagine anything more beautiful than the park. But Little Rabbit stays true to herself and returns home. No need for tears though. Brown Rabbitt comes to visit the next day. It's all uplifting and well-paced, but a tad predictable. What really stands out are the gentle black-lined drawings resting comfortably in a patchwork of printed images. Vintage-looking patterns decorate shades, vases, even trees and create an experience as pleasant as tea and a scone. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 May #4

A demure bunny discovers that friendship, no matter how warm, cannot lure her away from the life she loves. Little Rabbit adores the city ("She had her own place to stay, her favorite cafe, and so many things to see and do"), but wonders if there is someone out there "just like her." Then she meets Brown Rabbit. Brown Rabbit lives in the park and plays the guitar; for a time, they are happy together ("They made each other laugh, and Little Rabbit was happy to have found a new friend"). But Little Rabbit begins to miss the city, and nothing Brown Rabbit offers ("He even stood on his head") can change that. The resolution is constructive: Little Rabbit returns to the city, and Brown Rabbit soon arrives for a visit. Russell's full-bleed prints, in milky aquas, olives and pinks, mix childlike and sophisticated elements. Little Rabbit and Brown Rabbit are drawn as simple outlines, Pat-the-Bunny style, while buildings are more carefully drafted, with shadowy customers glimpsed through windows. Children (and adults) will appreciate this gentle take on the often-perplexing conflict between satisfied independence and the joys of companionship. Ages 3-up. (May)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 June

K-Gr 3--In the city, Little Rabbit has "her own place to stay, her favorite caf, and so many things to see and do." But one evening while gazing at the moon, she wonders if there might be another rabbit somewhere to share the things she enjoys. Relaxing in the park away from city bustle one day, she follows the sounds of music and discovers guitar-playing Brown Rabbit. The two have such a good time together that Little Rabbit forgets her former life and stays on. But distant city lights remind her of all the things she loves, and, despite Brown Rabbit's attempts to dissuade her, she announces she must go home. She is no longer lonely, however, for the two rabbits have found a way to continue their friendship. The screen-printed illustrations appear in alternating spreads and panels on colored grounds. A lamppost sporting directional signs to the park and the city on the title page foreshadow Little Rabbit's decision. The two rabbits are simply outlined pillowlike figures, their tall ears moving to express both delight and wistfulness. Unlike Aesop's mice, these two manage to share the delights of one another's environments without sacrificing their own lifestyles. A charming friendship story.--Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

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